Take this Andrew Walden post, for example:UH Perfessers Get Kickbacks From Maoists. Walden excerpts from a University of Hawaii newspaper article:
According to some teachers, it’s common for professors to refer their students to Revolution Books on King Street for cheaper textbooks.
“Almost every teacher in the English department recommends their students to purchase the textbooks at Revolution. They are often cheaper and they give the professors free copies,” Professor Jonathan Morse said. [In the capitalist world, that’s called a "kickback." Emphasis added]
According to Joy, a volunteer staff member at Revolution Books, textbooks are 10 percent cheaper at Revolution Books then the textbooks found in the UH bookstore. They also buy books back for about half the price students bought them for.
Walden is outraged on two counts: first, the crummy 10% discount and, second, well, they're evil commie bastards.
A whole 10% off, that’s the way to fight the Power Comrades. When I was attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo, I purchased most of my books online. By doing so I saved 50% or more on every book. Of course, by doing so I was supporting a regular business and not the Revolution.Well, when it comes to fighting on the front lines in the pitched battles between good and evil, Walden is a regular Jonah Goldberg.
There were only two comments on the post when I read it. One points out that giving free textbooks to professors is "not a practice of kickbacks. It is standard practice for publishers to do this, as well as to give professors examination copies of books."
The second comment is a little less prosaic:
This again shows how extensive Communist control over the American and Western academias really are. They gained this power during the 60’s and 70’s and they don’t want to give it up. They’ll do whatever it takes to keep it, even if it means being dishonest and showing their totalitarian colors by doing it.